TALK­ING MU­SIC AND FASH­ION WITH KENYAN-BORN LIZ OGUMBO

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My dad taught me how to be play­ful, how to dance and to sing. I grew up in Nairobi in a happy, lov­ing, fun home with my par­ents and three sib­lings. I’m like a kid at heart, there’s so much play in some of my songs such as Ge­orgie Pordgy or 123.

I moved to the US to go to univer­sity in 1995. I got a mu­sic schol­ar­ship in Kansas and I was there for a year but couldn’t stay be­cause it was such a small, racist town. I moved to Wash­ing­ton DC to Mont­gomery Col­lege and while there, I got scouted and in­tro­duced to the fash­ion in­dus­try.

I moved to L.A. to start afresh in 2004 and con­cen­trate on modelling and started Imani Mod­el­ing Agency, but in 2005 I moved back to Kenya be­cause my mom had can­cer. I set­tled and ran my agency there.

Fash­ion for me had to be next thing. I started de­sign­ing, con­cep­tu­al­is­ing and set up a lit­tle work­shop and a show­room in Nairobi in 2007. Liz Ogumbo Fash­ion Brand is avail­able world­wide in var­i­ous bou­tiques and has show­cased at Arise Africa Fash­ion Week, in South Africa, Mozam­bique and a few oth­ers.

I met my hus­band in Nairobi in 2008. We fell in love and I moved to South Africa where I got signed to Gallo and re­leased my first al­bum, KenSoul in 2010, work­ing with a num­ber of bril­liant artists.

My lat­est al­bum, KenSoul, The Lo­tus Chap­ter, has a lot more blues, jazz, soul and funk and it cap­tures my pas­sion for Africa.

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